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Molly Ivins: July 4, 2005....Here's to all the angry liberals & to all the angry conservatives....

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Once again, we celebrate America---despite absolutely everything, still a great nation after all these years. Happy birthday to us. Yet again, we rejoice not so much in what makes America great, as in what makes it really peculiar. This is in the belief that one of America's finest traits is that it is a blissfully funny place to live. …

Lynne Cheney, the veeper's wife, has formed the Committee to Protect American Civilization, which is publishing 100 examples of allegedly unpatriotic assertions by professors in our nation. For example: If all Lynne Cheney's brains were dynamite, she couldn't blow her nose? …

We continue our charmingly eccentric habit of polling ourselves to find out how ignorant we are. Then we all slap our foreheads in dismay over the national dumbness. This particular oddity yields such nuggets as: 37.2 percent of us think the Mexican border should pay rent. …

All this and so much more make America the country we love. Anyone who is blase, jaundiced, bored or seldom-startled just isn't paying attention. So here's to all of us who make this a great nation, including the school-crossing guards, the people who line up hundreds of dominos to fall over on other dominos and the bingo players who carry their little plastic chips in blue velvet Crown Royal scotch bags.

And here's to all the angry liberals and to all the angry conservatives---take the day off, and enjoy the hot dogs and the fireworks. And try to remember when we come back to normal partisan warfare that all of us do, actually, love this ridiculous, wonderful place.

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/7/4/1544776/-Cheers-and-Jeers-July-4-1776-Edition

No "i hope" no "i wish" no "god willing" just confidence that trump is going to lose. big.


Confidence Isn’t Complacency: Democrats Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Say & Believe Clinton Will Crush Trump


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We know he’s a misogynist who is appealing to the worst racist and fascist elements in America in a way we haven’t seen this blatantly in decades. We’re well aware of the downside of a Trump victory, and there isn’t anyone with an ounce of seriousness on the left who thinks that huge issues aren’t at stake – choice, the Supreme Court, health care, immigration, national security – and on and on.

But we also know that the likelihood of victory is on our side, and we should stop acting like a gaggle of Eeyores, constantly beating ourselves up and rending garments like we’re down by 20 percentage points.

In reality we’re far closer to being on the winning side of an epic landslide that metaphorically punches hate, racism, misogyny, ignorance and a million other qualities emblematic of the worst of America right in its stupid face.

And we should act like it.

Act like a winner, and be a winner. Don’t act like a loser when you’re winning.

Trump is going to be toast, let’s get on with it.



MORE:
http://oliverwillis.com/confidence-isnt-complacency-democrats-shouldnt-afraid-say-believe-clinton-will-crush-trump/

103 year old woman vows to stay alive just to vote against Trump

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http://bipartisanreport.com/2016/07/03/103-year-old-woman-vows-to-stay-alive-long-enough-to-vote-against-donald-trump-video/

Elizabeth Warren advocating for those Trump thinks of as losers...

Finally, concentration has contributed to the decline of what was once a strong, robust middle class in this country. As corporations get bigger, and bigger, and bigger, a handful of managers get richer, and richer, and richer. And god-bless—in America, we celebrate success. But what about everybody else? What about small business owners and community bankers – people who used to be able to hold their own with big guys but now find it harder and harder to keep up with the armies of corporate lawyers and lobbyists determined to rig the economy against them? What about the employees at Wal-Mart who scrape by on help from the food pantry and Medicaid, but who never have enough money to build any security? What about them? They are stuck.

Concentration is not the only reason for rising economic insecurity, but it is one of them. Concentrated industries result in concentrated profits. It’s the ultimate price squeeze. When markets are not competitive, big businesses are able to extract monopoly profits by setting prices that are higher and higher above the cost of making an item or providing a service. In 2014, the top 500 largest firms pocketed 45 percent of the global profits of ALL American businesses. And the vast majority of those profits went to the wealthiest of the wealthy. As of 2013, the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans held nearly half of all the stock and mutual fund assets held by all Americans.

And who gets a shot at their own dream? When big business can shut out competition, entrepreneurs and small businesses are denied their shot at building something new and excited.

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016-6-29_Warren_Antitrust_Speech.pdf

NYT story on Trump's birther phase says Trump sent no investigators to Hawaii, made little effort to

Raising questions about the president’s birth certificate — and even threatening to send a team of investigators to Hawaii — had served its purpose, raising Mr. Trump’s political profile and, whether he knew it or not at the time, providing him with the rudimentary foundation upon which he built his 2016 campaign.

He even skirted close to birther innuendo after the massacre in Orlando, Fla., this month, calling into “Fox & Friends” to insinuate that Mr. Obama might sympathize with Islamic extremists. “He doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands,” Mr. Trump said.

But for all of his fascination with the president’s birth certificate, Trump apparently never dispatched investigators or made much of an effort to find the documents.

Dr. Alvin Onaka, the Hawaii state registrar who handled queries about Mr. Obama, said recently through a spokeswoman that he had no evidence or recollection of Mr. Trump or any of his representatives ever requesting the records from the Hawaii State Department of Health


http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/07/03/us/politics/donald-trump-birther-obama.html

Now if Scalia were replaced by me (Trump) we wouldn't have that




Now if we had—Scalia was living, or if Scalia was replaced by me, you wouldn’t have had that, OK? It would’ve been the opposite,” Trump said of the ruling, which struck down a restrictive Texas abortion law.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_57754e2ae4b0bd4b0b13db65



Digby: "Clinton and Warren: It might be exactly the right ticket at the right time."

WEDNESDAY, JUN 29, 2016 05:00 AM PDT
Clinton and Warren: It might be exactly the right ticket at the right time
Many thought that having two women running together would be too much for the U.S. but it's exactly what we need

HEATHER DIGBY PARTON



There are those who assume that two women at the top of the ticket is too much for the country to handle. After all, it took nearly 230 years for one to even be nominated by a major party for the top job .I thought that myself but after seeing them together I changed my mind. It looked like a natural combination to me. When you think about it, it’s simply illogical to be willing to vote for a woman president but unwilling to vote for a woman to replace her if something happened. That makes no sense. And if you are the type of person who believes that a woman at the top of the ticket needs a man around to keep her steady, why would the VP have to be that person? The administration will surely be filled with men, they always are. In any case, there’s really nothing new about voting for president and VP of the same gender.

Most importantly, the Republicans have nominated a man whose views about everything, but especially women, are nothing short of antediluvian. The prospect of a campaign featuring two strong women standing toe to toe with Trump is just too delicious to pass up. It’s already making him come unglued.



http://www.salon.com/2016/06/29/clinton_and_warren_it_may_be_exactly_the_right_ticket_at_the_right_time/http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/06/27/women-worry-that-america-can-t-a-clinton-warren-ticket.html
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/6/29/1543614/-Digby-Clinton-and-Warren-It-might-be-exactly-the-right-ticket-at-the-right-time

Lewandowski loses $1.2 million book deal



Lewandowski loses $1.2 million book deal
Trump’s ousted campaign manager had a big offer from HarperCollins, but declined to provide a copy of his non-disclosure agreement.


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Corey Lewandowski had a $1.2-million offer from HarperCollins to write a book chronicling his time running Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, but the publishing giant backed away from the deal amid concerns about Lewandowski’s nondisclosure agreement, according to two sources familiar with the talks.

Lewandowski, working through a California-based representative named Robert Stryk, began soliciting offers for a book, tentatively titled “Let Trump be Trump,” from multiple publishers in March, while he was working as Trump’s campaign manager, according to one of the sources, a Republican operative.


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HarperCollins tendered its $1.2-million offer to Lewandowski at some point before mid-May, said the sources familiar with the talks, including one who personally reviewed the proposed contract between Lewandowski and HarperCollins. But after BuzzFeed News reported that Lewandowski was working on a book, he withdrew from active conversations with HarperCollins and the other publishers, the sources said.

At the time, Lewandowski tweeted, “Despite false reports to the contrary, I am not writing a book. I am under a strict confidentiality agreement with Mr. Trump.”

But the sources said Lewandowski revived the talks last week, after he was fired from the campaign following a bitter power struggle with campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Stryk asked HarperCollins to reinstate its $1.2-million offer, according to the sources.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/corey-lewandowski-book-deal-224914#ixzz4CyjFSDka
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British MP calls for Trump emails to be blocked: "We do not wish to be "subject to intemperate spam"

Tim Watts MP
Has someone added me to the Trump email list as a prank, or has he bought a really dud spam email marketing list?



Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale calls for Donald Trump campaign emails to be blocked on the House of Commons email system.

Sir Roger raises a point of order to complain that many MPs have been "bombarded with emails from Team Trump on the behalf of someone called Donald Trump".

While he is in "all in favour of free speech" he does not wish to be "subject to intemperate spam", adding that "efforts to have these deleted have failed".

http://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-politics-36570120?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=577264f0e4b00e26dd9d477e%26MP+calls+for+Trump+emails+to+be+blocked%26&ns_fee=0#post_577264f0e4b00e26dd9d477e


The Prohibition
The Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly. It is also unlawful to help foreign nationals violate that ban or to solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations from them. Persons who knowingly and willfully engage in these activities may be subject to fines and/or imprisonment.

Who is a Foreign National?
The following groups and individuals are considered "foreign nationals" and are, therefore, subject to the prohibition:

Foreign governments;
Foreign political parties;
Foreign corporations;
Foreign associations;
Foreign partnerships;
Individuals with foreign citizenship; and
Immigrants who do not have a "green card.”
http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/foreign.shtml

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/6/29/1543544/-UK-Parliament-members-move-forward-to-block-Trump-campaign-emails-due-to-offensive-content

Trumka on Trump


https://twitter.com/RichardTrumka/status/747864283539709952
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